Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RIP James Tartan

TARTAN, James Richard Sept. 11, 1931-Nov. 26, 2010 Film director/producer, actor, and longtime Hollywood community activist James Tartan has died after a brief illness. He was 79. Tartan specialized in non-theatrical films. Working for Los Angeles County in the late 1960's and early '70's, he made movies and public service announcements. Later he formed his own production company, Bronson Films. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jim graduated from UCLA's motion picture division in 1964. Throughout his career, he combined acting, directing and producing, embracing live theatre and both sides of the camera. "I didn't mind even sweeping up the stage," he later reflected. Jim was also a formidable community activist. In 1998, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his anti-crime efforts in Hollywood. Jim is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine; daughter, Kelly; three sons, Dieter, Christopher, and Anthony; and four grandchildren, Kate, Olivia, Alice, and Joseph. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Heifer International or the Pan Pacific Park Youth Programs. A service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Highland and Franklin.

TARTAN, James Richard
Born: 9/11/1931, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/26/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

James Tartan's westerns - actor:
Bonanza (TV) - 1963, 1964 (townsman)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1967 (Tullis)
Guns of Paradise (TV) - 1989 (Dr. Morse)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your tribute to James Tartan. I have always believed the great service of the internet is a collection of these kinds of memories.